The British company’s flagship Overlander 60 pannier system has been developed to provide the cargo hauling capacity of traditional hard luggage, while also offering the adaptability and weight-saving advantages of soft bags. Significantly, it also manages to include a number of highly practical features previously unheard of in either style of motorcycle luggage. “The Overlander systems took Dom (Kriega owner/partner and chief product designer) two years of hard thinking and even harder crashing to perfect,” says U.S. distributor, Michael Walshaw. “It is without a doubt the toughest stuff Kriega has ever made… and solves problems which many of us wouldn’t even know existed until it was too late.
“Like all Kriega gear, the Overlander line is designed and built without compromise. The primary function of this new equipment is to lighten the rider’s load in various ways during serious off-road travel. But it is equally effective in more road-based missions. Plus, in terms of investment, it compares very favorably with the other options out there. Better still, it is guaranteed for 10 years,” adds Walshaw.
Comprised of four fully water- and dust-proof, 15-liter Drypacks, which fasten to a pair of high-tech platforms, the Overlander 60 is built specifically to deal with the roughest of riding conditions, where falling off is pretty much inevitable. Key in this ability are the CNC-milled LDPE platforms, which, despite weighing in at just 2.5 lbs per side, are essentially impervious to damage from impact or torsion. The 1000 denier Dupont Cordura bags not only minimize bulk, but also absorb energy in the case of an “off”. This means that there is considerably less chance of the rider, bike or bags sustaining damage than there would be with aluminum cases.
The four separate Drypacks offer maximum capacity, flexibility and compartmentalization, based on military packing principles. They also increase the owners’ chances of still being able to carry the majority of their cargo, should one of the bags somehow be compromised out on the trail. On top of that, the versatile Overlander 60 platforms can easily integrate RotopaX auxiliary gas/water canisters.
However, it is actually the way in which the platforms mount that gives the Overlander 60 punch well above its weight. Four 6061-T6 alloy cam levers on the reverse of each platform lock things securely in place, no matter how rough the trail may get. These cam levers can be located in multiple positions to clear OEM and aftermarket exhausts/bodywork and clamp to standard 18mm pannier frames from Touratech, Metal Mule and KTM Power Parts. This enables the rider to easily remove and re-attach their cargo in a matter of moments – an invaluable function when an obstacle proves impossible to navigate fully-laden.
Details of the Overlander 60, along with the entire Kriega range, can be found in the 2012 catalog, available free of charge at www.kriega.us and Authorized Kriega Dealers, or viewable online here.
Overlander 60 Key Features:
- MSRP $795
- 60-liter capacity
- Lightweight (11.4 lbs total), yet extremely tough
- 4 x 100% waterproof, dustproof 15L Drypacks
- LDPE platform weight-to-strength ratio is unmatched
- Innovative cam clamp mounting system for quick & easy on/off when faced with extreme terrain
- Fits 18mm racks from Touratech, Metal Mule & KTM Power Parts
- Accepts RotopaX gas / water canisters
- Components available to buy separately for custom set-ups
- 10-year guarantee.
About Kriega: Based in Chester, England, Kriega has built a reputation for producing what many consider to be the best motorcycle backpacks and universal fit Drypacks available. Wholly owned by Mike Cottam and Dom Longman, who personally design and field test every item, Kriega strives to offer innovation, along with the highest level of functionality and craftmanship. Kriega equipment consistently earns five-star consumer and media reviews, and has become the weapon of choice for the vast majority of European road testers, as well as professional racers and adventurers the world over.
BritKit LLC took over as the exclusive US Distributor for the Kriega range in June 2011. Operating out of the wonderful city of New Orleans, company owner, Michael Walshaw, endeavors to offer a level of service to match the extremely high standards set by the equipment itself. BritKit is currently focused on raising the brand profile and establishing a solid dealer network, so that American riders can access Kriega quality at a location nearby.
(Motor Sports Newswire)